Debating Update 31 July 2019

Both the Junior and Senior Rustenburg Debating teams performed well at the Western Cape Debating Championships held at UCT this past weekend (27-28 July).

The Seniors, (Kristina Semmelink (captain), Kate Birch, Misbah Toefy, Shelby van der Watt and Jameelah Jardine), progressed to the quarter finals held on Sunday against Wynberg Girls’ High School.

RGHS proposed the motion: This house believes that oppressed groups should aim to emphasise how similar they are to dominant cultures, rather than proving uniqueness (e.g. women proving that they are similar to men or LGBTQ people getting married and having children).

Although the team did not go through to the semi-finals, they debated well and improved their skills tremendously.

Congratulations to Zeenat Ahmed-Mohamed and Nazia Cassim on being selected for Western Cape Debating trials.

Senior Debating Team: Shelby van der Watt, Kristina Semmelink (captain), Jameelah Jardine, Misbah Toefy, Tamsin Metelerkamp (proud coach) & Kate Birch.
Junior Debating Team: Tejal Naicker, Sadia Patel, Nazia Cassim (team captain) Zeenat Ahmed-Mohamed and Sasha Appole, upbeat after their round 5 Junior debate at UCT this past weekend.